Dining at Vedge was Sietsema’s defining moment in Philadelphia | Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith
Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema ranks America’s top-ten food cities and places Philadelphia at number six, ahead of the likes of New York, Chicago and unranked cities including Seattle and Nashville. Portland, Oregon gets Sietsema’s number one spot with San Francisco in the second spot.
Sietsema cites “falling head over heels for the vegan menu at the elegant Vedge restaurant, featuring a whole roasted carrot transformed into a marvelous meatless ‘Reuben.'” as Philadelphia’s defining moment.
Check out the video for delicious takes on roast pork and more on Philadelphia’s highly touted food scene.
The 10 Best Food Cities in America, Ranked [Washington Post]
Peter McAndrews’ Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.
Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.
The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.
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Tired Hands Brewing’s Jean Broillet appears on an episode of Vice’s online food series, Munchies. Broillet offers a tour of his Ardmore brewery and a look behind the scenes as he brews a hoppy saison with trifoliate oranges.
This is the fourth episode of Munchies’ Craftwerk series. Prior episodes focused on Brooklyn Brewery, 3Floyds, and Dogfish Head. Definitely lofty company for Broillet and Tired Hands to be with.
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Giovanni and Maria Varallo of Ristorante Pesto on the Rachael Ray Show
Giovanni Varallo and his daughter Maria of South Philly’s Ristorante Pesto competed this morning on the Rachael Ray Show for Rae’s Little Italy Showdown title for best pasta. The restaurateurs put their signature cavatelli topped with lobster, crab, and shrimp against teams from New York and San Francisco.
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Damon Menapace at Kensington Quarters | Photo via Kensington Quarters
Accolades for Philadelphia restaurants now come from far-and-wide, but it’s still of note when a hometown restaurant winds up in the Wall Street Journal. This week the Journal wrote a piece on why butcher shops make great restaurants and spent a lot of ink and pixels on Fishtown’s Kensington Quarters.
And just why is a butcher shop a great restaurant. According to Kensington Quarters chef Damon Menapace, it’s the collaborative environment between the kitchen and the butcher shop.
Check out the whole piece for Menapace’s country-style pork ribs recipe and photos by Philadelphia photographer, Jason Varney.
Why Butcher Shops Make Great Restaurants [Wall Street Journal]
Kensington Quarters [Foobooz]
The 2015 Great American Beer Festival winners have been announced and eight Pennsylvania beers brought home awards while New Jersey and Delaware added another three to the medal count. Saucony Creek’s Peach and Ginger Saison won the only Gold medal in the three-state area and Mount Holly, NJ upstart, Spellbound Brewing won Silver in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer category. Iron Hill won two Silver medals. The Chestnut Hill location won in the Belgian-Strong category while Media can brag about their medal in the Russian Imperial Stout category.
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Hummus from Dizengoff; Townsend Wentz of Townsend | Photos by Arthur Etchells, HughE Dillon
Philadelphia’s Dizengoff and Townsend are among the 50 nominees for Bon Appetit’s “America’s Best New Restaurants 2015” list. Dizengoff gets the nomination for its hummus, which is described as “preposterously smooth, ethereally light, very generously drizzled with olive oil, and guaranteed to spoil you for the grocery-store stuff forever.”
Over at Townsend, Bon Appetit is thrilled to see that French food and white tablecloths still have a place in American restuarants.
The 50 nominees will be whittled down to the final list of ten on August 18th.
The 50 Nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants 2015 [Bon Appetit]
Dizengoff [Bon Appetit]
Townsend [Bon Appetit]
Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin
So many noodles in so many forms. From Asian to Italian, from quick lunches, to luxurious dinners, here are the best noodle dishes in Philadelphia, culled from Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue.
Best Pho in Philadelphia
Pho is super-abundant in Philly these days, but Pho Ha’s aromatic broths and oily chili paste lift it to the top ranks. 610 Washington Avenue, East Passyunk, 215-599-0264.
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Pizzeria Beddia | Photo by Courtney Apple
Last year, Philadelphia magazine named Pizzeria Beddia Best Pizza in Philly and it’s been onwards and upwards for pizza genius Joe Beddia since then. Today Bon Appetit named Beddia the pizzeria… not best in Philly, not best in Pennsylvania, not even best in the Northeast, but the best in AMERICA.
With this news the lines will only get longer, but we’re willing to wait. Huge congrats to Joe, “the Pizza Saint” for this recognition – the man deserves it – after all, he does hand-make every pie himself.
Pizzeria Beddia [Foobooz]
Back-to-back for Blue Duck.
This week saw two big food competitions go down in Philadelphia. On Saturday, Philadelphia’s food truck scene was saluted with the Vendy Awards. The “Oscars of food trucks” named Foolish Waffles the best food truck; SeoulFull Philly as the rookie of the year; and Underground Donuts for Best Dessert.
Then on Sunday, the Burger Brawl took over the parking lot adjacent to Xfinity Live as 54 restaurants competed for the title of best burger. There were three awards on the line, the Judges Choice, the People’s Choice and new this year, a cocktail competition.
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